Summer Sounds Annual Benefit


The butterfly represents more than just change. It represents a transformation into something bolder and more beautiful. This year, our annual fundraising event underwent a transformation of its own becoming our very first Summer Sounds Annual Benefit, held at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN. Together with over 800 of our dedicated volunteers, sponsors, and leaders from around the world, we recognized and celebrated the global impact they continue to help Starkey Hearing Foundation make for people in need.

On July 20, The Armory was illuminated with bright, blue butterflies and twinkling lights showcasing the event’s theme, Because of You. Through the theme, our supporters were reminded that the “butterfly effect” was made possible because of them. Our donors were greeted by Foundation friend, and hearing loss advocate, Justin Osmond. Ahead of the program, Osmond helped us express our sincere gratitude for them and thank them for all that they continue to passionately support.

This year, we honored Cardinals’ star wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald and award-winning actor and philanthropist, Billy Crystal for their humanitarian efforts with the Caring Award.

“‘Alone we can’t do much. Together we can change the world.’ These two amazing individuals [Bill and Tani] have proven those words to be true by changing the world one life at a time,” said Fitzgerald. “They've given me an opportunity to invest my life into something that would last much longer than catching touchdown passes and risking my life across the middle.”

Billy Crystal reflected, “I’ve been fortunate to support Starkey Hearing Foundation for fifteen years. Doing a [hearing] mission together in Peru was one of the greatest highlights of my life. And to do it alongside my granddaughters was really special.” “One thing I've learned is you don't have to be brilliant or famous or powerful or wealthy to make a difference in someone's life. You simply have to care.”

The program also featured audience-favorite and stand-up comedian, Sinbad. The Summer Sounds Benefit was made complete with performances by the melodious vocal group, ARIA, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, Sammy Hagar.

Our supporters’ selfless contributions have helped us further our mission to provide simple, sustainable and scalable hearing healthcare services – giving people an opportunity to fully embrace the world around them through the gift of hearing. Learn how you can join our team of dedicated supporters by visiting:

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